Have you ever stopped to ask what will happen to you when you die? There are lots of theories that abound in the world today- reincarnation, nirvana, heaven, hell- Any one could possibly occur right?
But what about that chance of hell? Doesn’t sound too pleasant, all that fire, does it? What if that is what happens to you when you die? It’s heaven or hell after all and what if you don’t make it to heaven?
Let’s just assume that the options are down to heaven or hell. You die and as you stand outside of heaven, God asks you why he should let you in. Your answer? You think you’ve lived a good life. You do more charity work than most people. You help with the Red Cross. How many good things does it take to get into heaven? How much good does it take to outweigh the bad? When has your good work made up for the bad things you’ve done?
Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about this. You can have the assurance that when you die you will go to heaven! How, you ask? No amount of work will get you in. All you have to do is accept God’s gift for the entire world. The Bible says in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.”
First, accept that you are a sinner. Sin is when you miss the mark, or fall short of the standards God has set for us. We all have sinned. In the Bible, Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We can’t get into heaven on our own because a holy God can’t accept sin. Admitting that you have sinned and are not worthy to be with God is the first step.
Second, believe that there was a man named Jesus who paid the penalty for your sins.
Some facts about Jesus:
- He was an actual person
- He lived a sinless life and therefore didn’t deserve to die
- He is God’s son
- After he was crucified on the cross, he rose from the dead in three days
- His death is a sufficient sacrifice in place of the penalty we should have to pay for our sins
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only son (Jesus), that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” Believing that Jesus came to do this very thing is the second step.
The third and final step is to call on Jesus to forgive you of your sins. Simply tell God that you know you are a sinner, that you believe Jesus paid the price for your sins, and you accept his sacrifice in your place. Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” That’s it; that’s all you need to be saved.
This is just the start of your walk with God. Salvation isn’t just about “fire insurance” and making sure you stay out of hell. You’ll want to find Christian friends and a church where you can learn more about God. You’ll want to read the Bible and pray. There’s so much you’ll want to do!
If you just decided that you don’t know whether you’ll spend eternity with God or you have just decided for the first time that you believe what I just said , I’d like you to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll write back to tell you how you can start living your life for God. Or if you have any questions about Christianity that you want answered, please write and I’ll try to find you answers.